Accounting and Finance MSc


Overview


Reasons to study Accounting and Finance MSc at DMU:

The programme is designed to provide a career entry opportunity for full-time students as well as a career development opportunity for accountants, auditors, practising managers, business consultants and finance experts from various backgrounds, to enhance and develop their accounting and finance skills.

The aim of the programme is to balance theoretical analysis with practical application to develop a critical and questioning approach to the conceptual underpinnings of accounting and finance. To this end the programme leads with core taught modules that critically examine the scope of generic accounting & finance; Contemporary Issues in International Financial Reporting, Evaluation of Management Accounting and Applied Corporate Finance.

In Semester 1 students will also undertake the Research Methods module which will lay foundations for future research skills, in general, as well as for the culminating project/dissertation. The second semester is designed to progress to the Applied Trading module which will be a two-week intensive study within the Bloomberg suite where students will consider the practical aspects of investment.

This will underpinned by the study of Portfolio Management throughout the semester. Students will also be prepared for future self-reflection and career development through the Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Success module. In addition, to these core areas student can also select an area of interest and specialism from a comprehensive list of elective modules.

  • Design your own course
    Study a course combining core and optional modules, enabling you to design your own personal pathway
  • Gain a broad understand of Accounting and Finance
    Develop an advanced understanding of accounting and finance issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally, enhancing your career prospects with sought-after financial skills
  • Use of the Executive Business Simulation
    sophisticated, software driven experience. Particularly useful for drawing learning together and for developing employability skills – deadlines, team work, team leadership, role-play, critical analysis etc
  • Applied Trading
    providing an intensive experience within the Bloomberg suite trading room working with industry standard information
  • ‘Employability’ is central to the programme
    and is reinforced through the ‘Knowing and Developing yourself for Professional Success’ module
  • Applied Corporate Finance
    an innovative, real world scenario based module, will enable students to apply theory to practical scenarios
  • Business Analytics
    an innovative module which reflects modern business requirements and expectations with regard to dealing with large, high dimensional data sets. The emphasis is on data structuring, modelling and visualisation techniques.

Structure and assessment


Contemporary Issues in International Financial Reporting

This module introduces the learner to broader and deeper understanding of the contemporary and important issues concerning international financial reporting regime. It discusses the increasing role of international financial reporting regulation, the politics thereof and the critical debates in different jurisdictions. As such, this module allows students to deliberate upon the important developments in international financial reporting from a historical, social, political and professional standpoint. It critically evaluates the implications which financial reporting has on businesses and societies. A further focus is on the increasing trend and importance of non-financial reporting areas such as sustainability accounting and corporate social responsibility of businesses.

An Evaluation of Management Accounting 

This module examines the application of management accounting within a coherent theoretical framework. You will analyse the fundamentals of costing within a multi-product business environment and contextualise the same through the use of case studies. Control, evaluation and performance measurement techniques will also be critiqued. During this module you will make use of contemporary research literature in the field of management accounting. The module will make use of contemporary research literature in the field of management accounting to examine the role of the management accountant and the application of management accounting techniques in practice

Applied Corporate Finance

This module provides students with a broad understanding of the ways that capital is raised to create, grow and restructure firms. The aim of the module is to guide students on the techniques used to appraise and report on investment and financing decisions. You will be shown how corporate finance decisions impact the value of the firm and impact shareholders and other stakeholders. Case Studies will be used to illustrate the impact of various corporate decisions.

Research Methods 

The module provides you with a broad understanding of business and academic research methods. It is designed to help students prepare for a Dissertation, Business Research project, Executive Company Project or Entrepreneurship Project You will be guided on the selection and planning of a suitable research project. The module will review research design, paradigms and ethics, including the broader ethical impact of research. Through undertaking this module you will cover a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis. You will also be guided as to how to use financial datasets (Bloomberg and Reuters) available in DMU.

Portfolio Management

Taught from the portfolio manager’s perspective, issues in price formation for all the major asset classes will be explored. Markets will be investigated with particular attention to the fundamental and non-fundamental components of securities pricing. To this end you will examine the standard valuation methods in addition to concepts arising from the behavioural finance literature. Optimal portfolio allocation will also feature. The overriding objective of the module is to provide a framework for well-placed investment decisions and to become familiar with the various investment strategies, providing a knowledge base for those wishing to pursue professional qualifications in this field.

Applied Trading

This module provides a broad understanding of the skills needed to turn clients’ investment objectives into trading strategies. It is designed to prepare participants for roles in investment firms, regulators, and clients. Guidance on the links between finance theory and trading will be part of your programme of study. You will manage a simulated sub-portfolio on behalf of a virtual client. During the module, you will report to, and make trading recommendations on behalf of, this client. Your advice will be in response to real-time daily news, and changes in your client’s investment objectives. This module offers a unique chance for you to apply your knowledge of finance theory, and portfolio management to a changing situation. You will become familiar with many aspects of the trading floor and you will learn how to analyse the impact of trading strategies on risk, return, and transaction costs. You will also gain an understanding of hedging, and how to manage client cash flows.

Business Analytics

This module integrates accounting and financial theory with the science and art of discovering and analysing patterns, identifying anomalies, and extracting other useful information in financial and economic datasets. This module takes a practical approach to prepare you to analyse and get a grasp of the most required data structuring, modelling and visualization techniques by employers. You will gain business insights for decision making by participating in business analytics simulations and you will be able to present dynamic reports to a diverse audience.

Governance and Social responsibility

The module offers an understanding of corporate governance and social responsibility. The aim is to analyse the effects of corporate governance and social responsibility and to consider the role key stakeholders such as institutional investors play in corporate governance. You will review academic journals and make recommendations with regard to factors that influence corporate governance and social responsibility.

International Taxation Policy

The content will reflect the latest developments in international tax policy, which may include areas such as; the importance of taxation in economic planning and management and  the principles of an “Ideal Tax”.  You will also be asked to consider the importance of tax policy in the equity in redistribution of wealth linked to SDGs (Sustainable development goals).  The roles of International Financial Institutions in setting and regulating international tax policy may also be explored.

Behavioural Finance

The module will provide you with an understanding of behavioural finance theories. We will examine the impact on stock markets of credit conditions, behaviour (biases and heuristics), institutions, and culture. You will be shown how to use behavioural finance theories to explain financial crises and stock market bubbles. The module reviews the evidence for and against market efficiency, momentum, reversal, over-reaction, and under-reaction. You will be encouraged to think critically about the implications of behavioural finance theories for financial and regulatory decision-making.

Dissertation

You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of accounting and/or finance (in its broadest sense) and to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

Business Research Project

The Business Research Project (BRP) is an individual consultancy project that serves as a commercially and employability-relevant experience, and is an alternative to the dissertation. It requires you to compile a 10,000 word report that acts as a solution to a business research challenge. The assessment is in two phases; A. Situational brief, to ensure that you fully understands the project requirement (in a similar way that a marketing consultancy would send a proposal), and B. Main report, which includes details of the research / analysis / recommendations. Each project is summarised on a BRP brief, a one-page document that gives a succinct description of the organisation, the overall project, the specific skills you have developed, and the expected outcomes

Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Success 

The objective of this module is to encourage and raise your self-awareness in a constructive and supportive environment. In the leadership literature you will encounter terms such as “authentic leadership”, “responsible leadership” and others, and as they progress in their careers you will be encouraged to “show up as your true self” and to “have the courage to be yourself”, and yet none of this will be possible without a deep understanding of who you really are – for this you need to know yourself. Knowing yourself is a lifelong endeavour. This module will support you through your individual learning journey, providing you with tools, frameworks and core skills to develop self-awareness throughout the module, the programme and beyond. The module will offer a safe and supportive environment where you can explore, investigate and plan for your future.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Modules include formal lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive sessions.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course so you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.


Opportunities and careers


#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Graduate careers

Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in business economics and business finance. This course will provide advanced preparation for careers in the policy making, organisational decision making and the financial world.


 

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